- Teaching resource materials found claiming Hindus turn to terrorism.
- Mass dissatisfaction amongst Hindu parents about the quality of Hinduism in RE.
- Data shows that GCSE Hinduism is not available at all in most schools as an option.
14 January 2021
On the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti (14 January 2021) Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK (VHP) launches the new Hindu Mandir Network in the UK to increase networking, cooperation and collaboration between Hindu mandirs in the UK.
Dr Tribhovan Jotangia, President of VHP UK said, “Hindu Mandir Network (HMN) is a project of VHP UK and is formed after the very positive feedback received for such regular events in the UK following the historic first Hindu Mandir Executives Conference (HMEC) UK conference in October 2020. HMN is a network of Hindu mandirs to support and learn from each other – It is NOT a separate national organisation. “
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Makkar Sankraanti or Maghi, is a festival in the Vedic calendar dedicated to the deity Surya i.e., the Sun.
In most years it is celebrated on 14th January. Each year, it is observed in the lunar month of Magha which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar and is a day the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists and other people of Vedic Paramparaa celebrate their harvests. It marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makkar Raashi i.e., Capricorn, marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
Sankraanti is a Sanskrit word and one of the meanings is ‘The actual passage of the Sun or other planetary bodies from one sign of the Zodiac into another’.
The earth, during its orbit around the sun, spins on its axis, each rotation lasting 6 months – during these 6 months, one hemisphere nears just a little towards the Sun; during the next 6 months it inches just a little away from the Sun. Hence the lengthening of day vs night (and whether it is winter or summer) is experienced in an opposite fashion in the northern (Uttaraayana & observe Makkar Sankranti) and southern (Dakshinayan observing Karka Sankraanti) hemispheres.
Therefore the festival has spiritual as well as astronomical significance.
Following the momentous inaugural Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference UK on 4th October 2020, the Conference Proceedings booklet is now available to download.
The booklet will be useful for you and our mandirs especially if you share it with other executives of the mandir to help make mandir the heart of the Hindu society.
Deepawali, the Festival of Lights, is a 5 day Hindu festival which occurs on the fifteenth day of Hindu Calendar month of Kartika. Deepawali when translated means “rows of lighted lamps” and the occasion is also referred to as the Festival of Lights.
During Deepawali, homes are cleaned and windows are opened to welcome Shree Lakshmi, the Divine Deity of Wealth & Prosperity. Lamps, lights and candles are lit as a greeting to Mata Lakshmi. Gifts & Sweet Prasad are exchanged, and festive meals are prepared during Deepawali. Because there are many beliefs and regions in India ie Bharat, there are myriad manifestations of the Deepawali festival.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (UK)’s contribution in the historical consecration of Shree Ramjanmabhoomi Mandir
Jai Shree Rama all Priya Bandhu Hindus of the world.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (UK) is proud to have been a part of one of the most ennobling historical events for Hindus in the last two millenia, that of the Restoration of Ramjanmabhoomi where a glorious Mandir is to be consecrated in dedication of their most Revered and Premier Deity, Bhagwan Shree Rama, at His original Birthplace in Ayodhya.
SRI RAM MANDIR BHOOMI POOJAN AYODHYA , WED 5 AUG 2020
HISTORIC DAY FOR 1 BILLION HINDUS
An historic and auspicious ‘Bhoomipoojan ceremony’ for the grand Sri Ram Mandir at the Ramjanmasthan (birthplace) will take place at Ayodhya on Wednesday 5th August 2020. Hon Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji will do the pooja in the presence of revered swamis, dharmacharyas and other prominent personalities. This is a day to rejoice and celebrate as it fulfils aspirations of one billion Hindus around the world. It is a culmination of centuries of struggle, battles and various campaigns by the Hindu society. Thousands of Hindus sacrificed their lives for the mandir. It is also a day to remember and pay tribute to those sacrifices.
The whole of Ayodhya City is magnificently decorated. The sacred water and soil from all the major rivers and religious places from Bharat will be used during the bhoomipoojan ceremony. The Mandir will surely be a glorious center of Samajik Samrasta ( social harmony ), national integration and Hindutva Jagaran ( Hindu awareness ) for eternity. The ceremony will be broadcast live in most major Indian TV Channels ( 7am to 8am BST).
To mark this historic event and join in the celebrations, we request you to do any or all of the following with family on Wednesday 5 August 2020.
- Light a diya at the photo/murti of Sri Ram or Istadevata and recite Ram stuti or vijay mantra “Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram”.
- Decorate appropriate place in the house with rangoli and light diya in the evening.
- Explain the young ones in the family the history of Ram Janmabhoomi and why this day is so historic for Hindus. Greet friends with “Jai Sri Ram” on this day.
- Join online Ram Bhajan Sandhya to be performed by Dr Vijay Rajput a distinguished Hindustani Classical Singer from 3pm to 4pm (BST) on FaceBook link https://www.facebook.com/VHP-UK-Manchester-102431154862315/
Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Last Rite Services
The World is facing unprecedented times due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outrage inflicted upon humanity.
As a result of this it is expected that there will be an unusually high number of unwarranted deaths, including that of Hindus.
Services to perform the Last Rites will be stretched and families will be under severe strain to contain their grief as well as to give their beloved departed family members the sacred Last Rites required according to Hindu Dharma.
Under such difficult times, Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK (World Council of Hindus) is offering its Last Rite Services to those who wish to avail themselves, with all humility and dignity. Acknowledging there are diverse Hindu beliefs, VHP offers a Minimum Common scriptural text that satisfies Hindu Funeral Rites.
The VHP UK (Yorkshire) has published a booklet (please insert the link ) called Hindu Funeral Rites in Conjunction with the Bradford Metropolitan Council Community Enterprise Section to enable anyone who wishes to avail themselves of this publication.
The service offered by VHP UK is in keeping with the Selfless Service offered as one of the pillars of Hindu Dharma, SEWA. It is an honorary service performed with Humility and Dignity
OM Shanti Shanti Shantih.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK strongly condemns the shootings in New Zealand mosques as act of pure evil.
A tragedy not just for victims and their families but of our times. In a world of plenty, and opportunity, closed ideologies which remove plurality cause such senseless violence.
While people are entitled to challenge doctrines in any faith that they do not agree with and while free speech is an important tenant of liberal democracies, the line must always be drawn at violent reprisal. Violence is never a solution.
We express our heartfelt solidarity with the victims’ families and with all who are mourning for their loved ones and their devastating loss.
We all now need to show that we are capable of transcending fear, hate and violence to move to unite and respect all faiths.
Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti.